Our story

At Spurrett optometry we believe passionately in the importance of accurate and timely visual assessment and correction and we aim to combine it with the very best choice of spectacle frames and lenses available.

Alan graduated from the University of Bradford in 1971 with a BSc in Optometry and MSc & DCLP in contact lens related research & practise. After working in R&D for the Kelvin Contact Lens Company he returned to teach visual optics and contact lens theory at the same university. He established his first optometry practice in Blackburn in 1978. With the help of his wife Shirley, a business school graduate, they went on to develop a group of six successful practices around the north west of England.

Fifteen years ago he sold all but the Kendal practice and moved to the Lakes to concentrate on its development and his other great passion that of rock climbing.

Alan and Shirley have two daughters, Jennifer who is a local dentist and Sally who has joined them in the Kendal practice and is a qualified Dispensing Optician.

Twelve years ago Alan and Shirley were joined by Dieter Gringinger who, having trained in Austria, brought a refreshingly different view of optics.

In his homeland of Austria, Dieter worked in a large internationally renowned contact lens practice before spending seven years practicing in Africa. Dieter retains an active interest in contact lenses and has developed a new interest in visual training and developmental optometry, the science of using vision correction and therapy to treat and avoid learning difficulty and dyslexia. He is an active member of the BABO and a member of Vision Service Overseas on whose behalf he makes regular visits to developing countries mainly in Africa.

Earlier this year Kendal based Giles Wilson joined the Optometrist Team.

The optometrists are supported by Diane Martindale, Kylie Lees & Lucy Scott. Diane who has been employed in optics for more years than she will admit and brings a wealth of technical, management and fashion experience to our frame and lens selection. Kylie & Lucy recently joined our dispensing team and bring lots of experience and local knowledge, our dispensers are always on hand to assist you in choosing the right frames and making sure they are well fitted.

The team is completed by our receptionists Sharon Park, Chris Bland & Julie Walker without who the whole place would be in chaos.

Sally Spurrett, Chris Bland, Kylie Lees, Sharon Park & Di Martindale